|Venue: Lakeside Oval||Date: Saturday 27 July 1974|
|Result: Loss by 21 points||Umpire: Jim Chapman||Crowd: 14,114 Receipts: $12031|
|Goalkickers: R.Ashman 2, B.Crosswell 2, C.Davis 2, J.Nicholls 2, P.Hall 1, D.McKay 1, B.Walsh 1.|
|Best: G.Southby, T.Keogh, R.Austin, B.Walsh, B.Armstrong, M.O'Halloran.|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: R.Walls (bruised buttocks, replaced in selected side), A.Jesaulenko (ankle)|
Game ReviewA week after re-igniting hopes of September glory with a great victory over Collingwood, the Blues threw away 4 points by falling to lowly South Melbourne at the Lake Oval. This loss was made harder to bear later on, when it became obvious that club legend John Nicholls had finally retired after 328 games over 17 seasons.
On the Tuesday night following this loss, club President George Harris called Nicholls aside to advise him that while he could continue as coach of the Blues, his playing days were over – effective immediately. It was a risky decision by Harris – Nicholls was every bit as single-minded and determined as his President, and many Carlton insiders were certain that he wouldn’t stay under the circumstances. But to the credit of both men, Nicholls accepted the situation – although the rift it caused between he and Harris never truly healed. Big Nick carried on, and steered Carlton into the finals yet again in 1975.
South Melbourne caused the upset of the 17th round by soundly beating Carlton for the first time in their last nine meetings. It was their highest score against the Blues since 1970 and they topped the century with 101 points - their 13th in 77 years against Carlton. South registered their fourth win at home (plus a draw) and they stopped the Blues from scoring a century for the first time in their last seven meetings. - Football Record.
|B:||21 Rod Austin||20 Geoff Southby||30 Vin Waite|
|HB:||22 Max O'Halloran||17 Brent Crosswell||11 Bruce Doull|
|C:||6 Garry Crane||12 Barry Armstrong||32 Bryan Quirk|
|HF:||25 Alex Jesaulenko (acting vc)||43 David McKay||15 Phil Pinnell|
|F:||2 John Nicholls (cc)||23 Craig Davis||18 Brian Walsh|
|Ruck:||28 Peter Jones||8 Trevor Keogh||14 Rod Ashman|
|Res:||31 Peter Hall||27 David Dickson|
MilestonesLast Game: John Nicholls
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